More than 90% of the world’s 350 largest food and agriculture companies are failing to show how they identify, assess and act on key human rights issues, according to a new benchmark by the World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA).
The Food and Agriculture Benchmark, which claims to be the “the first assessment of the entire food value chain, from farm to fork”, ranked the 350 companies on their environmental, nutritional and social impact in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Launched in 2018 by founding members Aviva, the United Nations Foundation and Index Initiative, the WBA is tasked with developing a series of SDG-related corporate benchmarks.
The food and agriculture benchmark report alleged that 304 of the companies do not having sufficient commitments to eliminate forced labour and 202 lack these in relation to stamping out child labour.
Criticisms were also raised regarding environmental work, with the WBA identify…